The Eames LCW Chair is perhaps the most famous chair of all time. Hailed by Time Magazine as the Best Design of the 20th century, it is described as 'something elegant, light and comfortable'. With its low-slung frame and gentle curves that expertly cradle the body, the LCW offers unparalleled style and relaxation. A traditional lounge chair, the LCW stands for Lounge Chair Wood, the chair is the perfect place to unwind with a cup of coffee and good book. The chair is strong and durable, sculpted from layers of oak, beech and walnut, and finished in natural ash wood. The distinctive wooden legs have rubber shock mounts to cushion against jarring movements.
Charles Eames pioneered new wood moulding techniques while working on MGM film set design. But it wasn't until after World War II that he was able to turn his attention to applying these processes to furniture design. The LCW chair began as an experiment in the Eameses apartment, where a bicycle pump was used to inflate the wood as it was heated. A humble start for what would become one of most popular and famous chairs in the world. The LCW chair is together with the DCM, DCW and LCM Chairs part of the famous Plywood Group. Today, the LCW is on permanent display at international design museums, including the MoMA in New York.
Charles, 1907-1978 (United States) - Ray, 1912-1988 (United States)
Charles Eames was an American designer and innovator who pioneered new techniques, such as the fibreglass and plastic resin moulding and wire mesh frames. He usually worked alongside his wife, Ray, though he is often credited alone. In the 1940s, the designers began focusing on the new plastics and were excited by the properties the material held. They were able to mould the plastics into organic shapes that followed the shape of the body. This discovery led to a whole new look in furniture that perfectly captured the spirit of the times. The couple’s most iconic designs include the DAR chair, the DSR Dining Chair, the RAR Rocker, the DSW Dining Chair, the EA 108 Office Chair and the Wire Base Table. Many of these were first presented at the New York Museum of Modern Art’s Low-Cost Furniture Design Competition in the late 1940s.
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